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First-Year Applicants

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High School Preparation

The University of Vermont selects those students who demonstrate great potential for success at the university. We consider:

  • The rigor of a student's academic program (e.g., honors or AP course work)
  • Standing in the graduating class
  • Standardized test results
  • Trends in performance
  • The competitive nature of the student's prior academic environment

Entrance Requirements

All applicants must complete the following requirements prior to enrolling at UVM (one college semester generally substitutes for one high school year). Please review these minimum requirements, as well as additional requirements (below) for each of our undergraduate schools and colleges. Note: all applicants apply to one of our seven undergraduate schools and colleges according to their selected major.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • four years of English
  • three years of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry (or equivalents)
  • two years of the same foreign language (American sign language meets this requirement)
  • three years of a natural or physical science, including a laboratory science
  • three years of social sciences

Course work not completed at the high school level may be fulfilled by equivalent college-level academic work. In general, one semester of college work is considered equal to one year of high school study. Any exceptions to these requirements are made on a case-by-case basis.

Admitted Student Profile

Class ranking* of students admitted for Fall 2015

  • Top 10%: 40%
  • Top 25%: 77%
  • Top 50%: 97%

*38% attended high schools reporting exact class rank.

SAT/ACT Score Ranges for Middle 50% of Admitted Students*

  • SAT Critical Reading: 550-670
  • SAT Math: 570-670
  • SAT Writing: 560-670
  • ACT: 26-31

*Information regarding SAT Score Choice and ACT Super Scoring: UVM considers your highest section scores across all SAT and ACT dates submitted. Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.

AP, IB, CLEP and credit for other courses/exams taken

To learn about credit given for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and other courses/exams taken in high school, visit our section on transferring other credits.

Requirements and/or Recommendations by UVM Schools/Colleges

When applying to UVM, all applicants apply to one of the following seven schools or colleges. Additional entrance requirements or recommendations for each are listed here:

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for science majors

Recommended: Candidates are strongly encouraged to take one year of physics and at least one year of math beyond Algebra II (precalculus/calculus is preferred).

Arts and Sciences

Recommended: Course work across the span of liberal arts disciplines; four years of math, including trigonometry; foreign language study all four years of high school.

Note to music majors: Candidates for entry into UVM as a music major seeking the B.A. or the B.Mus. degree must complete an audition as part of the process. Auditions are required for any student who wishes to be a music major. Visit the Music Department's website for details.

Business Administration

Required: Four years of math with high achievement, including at least one year beyond Algebra II. Trigonometry, precalculus, or calculus preferred.

Education and Social Services

Recommended: One year of biology for Human Development and Family Studies and Social Work majors. Math and science course work beyond the minimum for teacher education majors.

Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Required: Four years of math, including trigonometry or precalculus. One year of chemistry and one year of physics for all engineering majors. All other majors: two years of a laboratory-based science.

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry or physics. Additional year of college preparatory math beyond Algebra II.

Nursing and Health Sciences

Required: One year of biology and one year of chemistry for all majors; four years of math, including trigonometry or pre-calculus; one year of physics for exercise and movement science majors.

Recommended: Additional science course work beyond chemistry and biology in the senior year of high school for all majors. One year of physics is recommended for medical radiation sciences and athletic training majors.

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